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Success Stories

Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters
Reed's invested $2.15 million dollars to build a distribution center for their online sales in 2013. The EDC coordinated Tax Increment Financing with Cass County and expanded in Shingobee Township. This project will create 10 jobs over two years. "The EDC played an effective and critical role in making this project happen in the best way possible!" stated owner Adam Arnold.
Ridgeline Manufacturing LLC
Julie and Nick Newman decided to move their manufacturing business back to Pillager. They requested our help to secure loans from the EDC and the Entrepreneur Fund. They have moved back to Pillager and are expanding their marine products to L & M Fleet Supply and Fleet Farm. They will create 12 jobs.

Riverside Assisted Living
The EDC aided owner, Paula Rocheleau in expanding to Pillager. This 20 bed facility was made possible through bank financing, gap financing and a Tax Increment Financing agreement with the city of Pillager.

RREAL (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance)
Owner, Jason Edens consulted the EDC in 2005 when he was starting this non-profit organization. Advice to partner with another local renewable energy firm led to a growing entity that provides solar heat to low income homes and businesses. "The EDC is very supportive and generous with time," stated Edens.
Sawyer Timber
This business sought EDC assistance in expanding into chipping. Of the assistance, Bill Sawyer stated, "We appreciate the time, effort and dedication that was put into our business plan."
The Shante
Owner, Anna Hunstad, worked with the EDC on establishing this new coffee and gift shop in Pillager. The EDC assisted with business planning and coordinating financing. The Cass County EDC was “very helpful, prompt and efficient with any questions we had regarding the business plan,” stated Hunstad.

Soaring Eagle Transportation
The three owners worked with the EDC over a six month period to create a business plan and secure financing. Financing was provided by Western Bank of Cass Lake and NCEDA.
Stille Havn Hus, Inc.
The building required a capital investment of $1.7 million. The EDC provided the original owner, Jim Rogen, assistance by coordinating the JOBZ designation, making it one of the first JOBZ businesses in Minnesota.
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
The Cass County EDC led the recruitment effort of the medical provider and provided start up assistance for the Pines Area Medical Development Association. This local group will help support the clinic.

Swede’s Repair
Owner, Ronnie Arneson, received EDC assistance for start-up needs, financing, management skills, and site options for his auto repair business in Pillager. Swede’s opened for business in June of 2013. This business created one job.

371 Cafe
Owner John Budreau consulted the EDC when expanding his Cass Lake business. The drive through cost about $70,000 and Budreau stated that the EDC was very helpful and answered all questions.

Thrivent Financial
David Lockman opened a new business in Pine River. The new business is Thrivent Investment Financial. The EDC helped David develop a business plan, financial analysis, and write a loan package. This only took two meetings. David stated that the CCEDC "helped me plan for expenses I would never have thought of.”
Top Priority Insulation
Owner Pat Finn worked with the EDC on starting this new insulation blowing company in Cass Lake. Finn said the assistance he received from the EDC “was a tremendous asset in helping put our business plan together”.

Tonga’s Launch Service
The EDC helped owners Dan and Darcy Tonga in developing a business plan that allowed them to establish a 20 year lease on the property. They have operated this Federal Dam business for many years and the longer lease retained those local jobs.
Trail’s RV Park
The EDC assisted original owner Dave Kaufman in starting this northern Cass County business. Business counseling was provided over a two year period and helped with permitting and financing.

Trussworthy Components, Inc.
This Pine River business was started in 2008 by owner Craig Anderson. He now has over 41 employees in this truss manufacturing business. The EDC was key in coordination, securing the financing and JOBZ designation. The EDC also obtained a grant for the city to bring water and sewer to the new industrial park to accommodate this business.

Young Auto Parts - NAPA
Owners, Nate & Alexis Young, were referred to the EDC by NAPA Auto Parts to get start up counseling. The EDC helped to create a business plan, cost projections, cash flow analysis, and worked with key contacts in preparing loan packages for presentation to banks. The Young’s invested $350,000 and will create six new jobs in Walker.

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